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William Davidson earned MVP honors for the first-ever Coupeville Middle School boys soccer squad. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

He froze out the competition.

William “Mr. Freeze” Davidson has a little bit of Cow Town athletic history to call his own, after being named MVP of the first-ever Coupeville Middle School boys soccer team.

The CMS 8th grader, who anchored the Wolves with his play as the team’s primary goalie, was honored at an awards banquet Wednesday night.

Also receiving awards were Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim (Most Improved), Mikey Robinett (Rookie of the Year), Ryan Blouin (Best Defender), and Andrew Williams (Best Sportsmanship).

The Wolf booters finished 2-8 during their debut season, drilling Granite Falls twice, while fighting strongly against undefeated league champ Lakewood and posh private school Northshore Christian Academy.

Logan Downes led the squad in scoring, rattling home five goals.

 

The trailblazers:

Reese Cernick (Head Coach)
Michelle Cernick (Assistant Coach)
Ryan Blouin
Mason Butler
William Davidson
Logan Downes
Preston Epp
Nathan Ginnings
Nick Guay
Dane Hadsall
Tavan Hughes
Zane Oldenstadt
Mikey Robinett
Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim
Alexander Smith
Nick Wasik
Andrew Williams

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Preston Epp and the first-ever CMS boys soccer squad finished 2-8. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Logan Downes led the Wolves with five goals.

Tavan Hughes (10) and Nick Guay (13) helped lead the Wolves into a new world.

The first season is in the books.

The Coupeville Middle School boys soccer program, which launched this fall, reached the end of the trail Wednesday, falling 4-0 to visiting Northshore Christian Academy.

The Wolves finished 2-8 in their first go-around on the pitch, with Logan Downes (5) and Andrew Williams (2) combining to rattle home Coupeville’s goals this season.

Wednesday’s game remained scoreless until the 11th minute, when Northshore got on the board thanks to a fairly spectacular goal.

One of the visitors lofted a long ball from the right side, off of a corner kick, with a teammate springing airborne to use his head to deflect the shot past Wolf goalie William Davidson.

A second score, coming on a penalty kick, put NSA up 2-0 at the halftime break, then the private school booters tacked on two more goals in the second half.

Coupeville’s defense played strongly in the loss, with especially nice work from Mason Butler, who took over in goal midway through the first half.

A newcomer to the net, he pulled off several nice saves, including making back-to-back denials as Northshore’s high-powered offense kept up a steady barrage of in-close shots.

The debut season was a learning experience for CMS coach Reese Cernick and his players, with the soccer guru witnessing improvement as the campaign played out.

In his post-season assessment, Cernick praised players such as Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim, who entered the season with little experience, but exited having shown great growth and a desire to keep improving.

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Ryan Blouin and the CMS soccer team survived a wet, muddy game in Granite Falls Monday. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

William Davidson and Co. have one game left on their schedule, a home bout Wednesday.

It rained all over the world Monday afternoon.

Or at least it seemed that way, as the Coupeville Middle School boys soccer squad escaped drenched Whidbey Island, only to end up in drenched Granite Falls.

With the liquid sunshine coming down in buckets, the Wolf booters found themselves sliding across the field, which made mounting an offensive attack nearly impossible in a 4-0 road loss.

With the defeat, the first-year CMS soccer program slips to 2-7 heading into its season finale at home Wednesday.

Coupeville hosts Northshore Christian Academy in a game set to kick off at 3:30 PM.

The weather forecast currently calls for 55 degrees, partly cloudy, mildly windy, and little to no precipitation.

So, exactly the opposite of Monday’s mess.

“Was a muddy game. Every time someone tried to plant their foot, they would end up on their butt,” said Coupeville coach Reese Cernick. “We took several shots from several players and couldn’t get one in.

“I told the guys to just have fun and play a muddy game.”

The Wolves had rung up wins in both of their previous meetings with the Tigers, but this time Granite was a different team, Cernick said.

“Very proud of the team, they tried hard, but Granite Falls played the best we’ve seen them all season.”

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Nick Wasik leads off a collection of CMS soccer portraits. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Tavan Hughes

Alexander Smith

Mason Butler

William Davidson

Nick Guay

Dane Hadsall

Nathan Ginnings

It’s that moment where every mom says the exact same thing.

“You couldn’t like comb your hair before they took the photo, you savage???”

I kid. I kid.

In the Coupeville Middle School boys soccer portraits seen above, most of the hair follicles were in place pre-snap.

The pics capture eight of the 15 Wolves who are part of the first-ever CMS soccer squad.

The other seven?

Five have already run here on Coupeville Sports, while there are two being saved to go with stories on the final two games of the season.

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Nick Guay leads the charge. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

“Aha, my old foe, you thought you could escape from me, but you were wrong, so wrong!”

Familiarity breeds improvement.

During its first season of competition, the Coupeville Middle School boys soccer team has just three rivals filling out its 10-game season.

The Wolves have beaten Granite Falls twice, while falling all three times they’ve played both Lakewood and Northshore Christian Academy.

The latest of those defeats came Wednesday in Lakewood, where CMS fell 4-0 on the pitch to their large-school rivals.

While the losses have piled up a bit during a 2-6 season, the chance to face off with the same squads has given the Wolves a chance to measure their progress.

In each of their three meetings, Coupeville has reduced the goals scored by Lakewood, a much-larger middle school which funnels students to a 2A high school.

The Wolves have brought the number down from eight in game one, to five in game two, then to four in the final meeting this season between the schools.

And it was actually much closer, as Lakewood only led 1-0 at the half and 2-0 late in the game.

A pair of back-to-back scores in the waning moments stretched out the margin, but didn’t dampen the positive showing from the Wolves.

“We played a great game against an undefeated team,” said Coupeville coach Reese Cernick.

“The Lakewood coach kept commenting the whole game how much we had improved and how on point our defense is.” he added. “This was one of the best games we’ve played this season, hands down.”

Coupeville has two games left on its schedule, traveling to Granite Falls Monday, Oct. 21 in pursuit of a season sweep.

After that, the Wolves wrap their inaugural season Oct. 23 at home against Northshore Christian.

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